The organisers invite paper proposals for panels at the 2020 Leeds International Medieval Congress on the theme ‘Queens on the Threshold’.
Often, we see medieval queens in movement: between families, between lands, between status, between the lines.
This strand seeks to think with and through the theme of ‘borders’, to consider how medieval queenship (understood in broad terms) operates and is set in motion by queens themselves and those around them. We hope this strand will engage with the multiple movements of queens in texts, images, and artefacts.
We welcome submissions from all periods and geographical areas.
Potential topics include but not are limited to:
- liminal events (inauguration ceremonies, weddings, funerals, succession crises);
- physical and geographical crossing of limits (international alliances, networks of communication and gift-exchange);
- visual signs of ‘foreignness’ (heraldry, fashion, religious symbols);
- failed crossings (unsuccessful marriage agreements, repudiation or divorce, early death);
unstable personas or models (the virago, the concubine).
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words (.pdf or .docx preferred) and short bio to Florence H. R. Scott and Juliana Amorim Goskes (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 September, 2019. Questions can also be addressed to the same e-mail.